Elkins C. Imperial Reckoning: The Untold Story of Britain’s Gulag in Kenya. Henry Holt/Jonathan Cape; Caroline Elkins. Professor of History. Elkins, Caroline M. Imperial Reckoning: The Untold Story of Britain’s Gulag in Kenya. Henry Holt and Company. IMPERIAL RECKONING The Untold Story of Britain’s Gulag in Kenya. By Caroline Elkins. Illustrated. pp. Henry Holt & Company. $
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The author got in the way of the story for me and I did not trust her writing. The purpose of this was to suppress a rebellion of the anti-colonial Mau Mau in Kenya.
Elkins emerged with a book that turned her initial thesis on its head.
Imperial Reckoning: The Untold Story of Britain’s Gulag in Kenya
The Times splashed the news across its front page: It was an armed rebellion launched by the Kikuyu, who had lost land during colonisation. The same document shenanigans that leave Elkins wide-eyed prompt several other historians to essentially shrug.
The other amazing thing, of course, is how little of this is known.
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It took until to complete the handing reckoningg of power to the new African government. First, impsrial colonial government established African reserves, much like the Native reserves in North America.
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A man needed land to accumulate the resources necessary to pay bridewealth for i,perial wife or wives, who would in turn bear him children. This was one of caaroline hardest book that I ever read, even though it was well written and interesting. The third regulation was the Kipande or employment pass required of all Africans. Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction Caroline Elkins; Holt, This book is still widely read in Kenya; you see it on bookstore shelves everywhere. An stunning and exhaustive account of Britain’s gruesome suppression of the Mau Mau uprising in Kenya.
Read more Read less. The cruelty inflicted on the locals is appalling. Bottles often brokengun barrels, knives, snakes vermin, and hot eggs were thrust up men’s rectums and women’s vaginas” Some thought she was British and refused to speak with her at first. Elkins gets numerous facts wrong claims elkinx, when the figure is nearer tointerviewed people from almost entirely one side she barely interviewed the PRO-British black Kenyans and she worst of all makes or allows numerous assertions about British brutality that could not be proven except by assertions by alleged victims.
In court, lawyers representing the British government tried to have the Mau Mau case tossed out. Trivia About Imperial Reckonin Working with five students at Harvard, she found thousands of records relevant to the elkibs The stories of murder, rape, and torture, and forced evacuation of their homes and villages, were confirmed when I listened to the croline of about a dozen elders [men and women ages 80 to ] while I was in Kenya.
Imperial Reckoning: The Untold Story of Britain’s Gulag in Kenya by Caroline Elkins
Thanks for telling us about the problem. She also came to understand that colonial authorities had herded Kikuyu women and children into some enclosed villages dispersed across the countryside.
Conversant in Swahili and some Kikuyu, she has spent nearly a decade traveling and working in rural Africa.
But among Kenyanists, Berman wrote, the reaction had generally been no more than: Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Mar 19, Notdarcy rated it did not like it. From the earliest times, the local administration of government was carried out by appointing local Africans to the status of chief, although such a position did not exist amongst Africans.
But the book polarised scholars. Imerial does not set out to revise well-documented accounts of Mau Mau savagery but to contextualize them ag An stunning and exhaustive account of Britain’s gruesome suppression of the Mau Mau uprising in Kenya.
Elkins does not set out to revise well-documented accounts of Mau Mau savagery but to contextualize them against a vast and capricious system of colonial repression.